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New alternative career paths in legal practice: Embracing change

March 16 @ 20:00 - 21:30 UTC+2

New alternative career paths in legal practice: Embracing change
This event is part of the Future of Legal Practice series.

As legal practice evolves, with the emergence of alternative business models and new legal technologies, the needs of clients require a greater range of expertise than the traditional lawyer can provide. Responding to this fast-changing picture, firms are employing skilled practitioners from a variety of backgrounds, with new designations such as Legal Project Manager and Legal Technologist. For this final talk in the series, our multi-disciplinary panel will talk about their diverse work and how legal teams can fully integrate a wider range of disciplines and skillsets.

About the speakers

Amanda Chaboryk is a Legal Project Manager at Norton Rose Fulbright’s London office. She focuses on running large and complex legal projects, working closely with clients and legal teams in respect of the delivery of legal services. Her role also involves executing strategic projects and honing legal technology to facilitate operational delivery Amanda is part of NRF Transform, the firm’s global change and innovation programme. Transform aims to deliver traditional legal services in a more effective and efficient manner, providing entirely new solutions to client’s most pressing business problems. She is able to bring together her passion and experience in project management, litigation finance, and data science to add value to transactions. Prior to joining Norton Rose, Amanda spent seven years in the legal services industry, working at the Attorney General’s Office, other law firms, and a litigation fund. Amanda completed her undergraduate degree at The University of Toronto and law degree at the University of Exeter, and is currently completing data science certificate at IBM.

Joe Cohen is the Innovation Manager for Dentons’ UK & Middle East Region with a focus on understanding what clients want from their legal service providers and translating this into practical tools, processes and operational models to allow the legal teams to deliver in the most effective way. His initial career background is non-legal, having started in technology consulting at the Big Four before moving onto Innovation roles at two magic circle firms which has allowed him a strong grounding in this relatively new field. Joe takes a strongly commercial approach to the utilisation of knowledge as broadly defined in the efficient delivery of legal services. The hands-on integration of practice development, knowledge management, training, business development and other aspects of effective service delivery and practice support keeps him constantly engaged.

Adam Curphey is the Innovation Engagement Manager at Reed Smith where he works with clients and internal legal, technology, and knowledge professionals to identify efficiency and transformational gains, and is responsible for administering the firm’s internal innovation programme. His work involves helping to understand client and internal pain points and then designing and developing innovative solutions, taking a people-process-technology approach. A capital markets solicitor by training, Adam has a passion for future lawyer skills, having previously worked at BPP University as a lecturer and innovation head where he was responsible for introducing new educational and legal technology solutions. He is also an active member of the O-Shaped Lawyer steering group and the Lawtech UK education taskforce.

Nick West is Mischcon de Reya‘s Chief Strategy Officer with overall responsibility for technological transformation within Mishcon de Reya. He leads the Technology and Strategy groups as well the Firm’s research and development arm, MDR R&D. The latter includes establishing one of the industry’s first in-house Data Science and Machine Learning teams. He is also the Founder of MDR LAB, a programme for tech start-ups in the legal space.

Further speakers TBC

About the chair

Chris Howard is a qualified solicitor specialising in Construction practice. Chris was formerly a Senior MSc Lecturer in the Centre of Construction Law, having worked in professional legal education for many years previously teaching Land Law, Company Law and Contract Law on GDL and LLB programmes.

As Director of Professional Legal Education, Chris oversees a number of education initiatives including professional and executive education, specialist qualification programmes and liaison with firms, chambers, and industry stakeholders. In this capacity, he works closely with the Director of Clinical Legal Education and the Director of Professional Skills. He also coordinates his efforts with the work of the Law School’s Careers & Employability team to ensure that the School provides a full service of support for the career goals of all our undergraduate and postgraduate students.